Hot Streak by Beth Bolden

Jackson is very much aware his career is ending while Connor's is on the rise, and any kind of mutual attraction needs to be ignored to make sure Connor has every chance. But Connor won't take no for an answer when it comes to Jackson and is willing to fight for more than just a chance in baseball but also for love.  Hot Streak is a standalone baseball romance. 

From the blurb:

A standalone MM baseball romance from Beth Bolden . . .  

Young phenom pitcher Connor Clark doesn't want or need anyone's help making it to the majors.

He's got a hot arm, and an even hotter temper.

So when his minor league team brings in seasoned catcher Jackson Evans to "handle" him, the two clash instantly.

But as the two battle for power, anger gives way to lust, and an awakening Connor didn't see coming.

If Jackson wants to be 'hands on,' they might as well enjoy it. But once again, the man makes Connor work for it. Just like he does on the field.

Only this time, the reward is so much sweeter. When Connor gives in to Jackson's coaching, and Jackson gives in to his attraction, they're instantly on a hot streak—on the field and in bed.

So hot that Connor finally gets that call to the majors he's always wanted.

But what's a pitcher to do without the catcher who owns his heart? Now all Connor needs is to convince Jackson they belong to each other forever, not just on a baseball diamond.

SNiK's Review:

Standalone. Age gap. Teammates. Slow burn. Dual POV.

Jackson has been a catcher in the minor leagues for years, he’s a mature solid player that seems to have a way with pitchers, so of course his new team wants him to mentor their new talented rookie pitcher Connor Clark. Connor is all wrapped up in his head about making it to the show, and he doesn’t want to listen to the new catcher, but for the first time in his life he might want to kiss one because Jackson makes Connor have all kinds of lusty thoughts.

There is a lot of push and pull between Connor and Jackson, from Connor not wanting to take professional direction and Jackson fearing backlash on Connor for being with another man. I appreciated Connor’s ready acceptance of his attraction to Jackson and his unwavering willingness to fight for the possibility of being together long term. Both Connor and Jackson had some personal growth, had some seriously steamy times, and were surrounded by supportive secondary characters. A fun read (mm reimagination of Bull Durham).

Heather's Review:

I was struck with a huge sense of deja vu when I started reading Hot Streak.  Bull Durham is one of hubby's top baseball movies and it's probably the one I've watched the most, so when Jackson walks into the bar, I knew exactly what was going to go down...  the book had a fair amount of angst, both for their relationship and for the game, as the two men had to balance professionalism with chemistry and well, Connor had to even learn professionalism.  I love a book that shows character growth and this one had that in spades, for both men in different ways.  If you always wondered what Bull Durham would be like as a M/M romance, you need to grab Beth Bolden's take on the situation asap!

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